Exceptional service in building quality projects and mutually rewarding partnerships with clients that earn their respect and trust.


“Newhaven”-literally translated means a new place of dwelling. Newhaven Builders, Inc. has been building “new places” of shelter for the past ten years in the San Gabriel Valley and the Central Coast of California. The founder, Ken Rideout, arrived in California from Michigan in 1975. A series of circumstances landed his first job as a carpenter at the Mead Home, a Louis B. Easton 1910 craftsman’s home in Pasadena. He started his second project, next door, at the Bolton House, a Greene and Greene Brothers’ design. The Parson House, a Heineman Brothers’ design and historical landmark became his third project. After thirty plus years in the construction industry, he now is a highly sought-after custom home restoration and remodeling contractor serving discriminating home-owners who have a rich awareness of historical preservation and attention to detail.


To provide exceptional service in building quality projects and mutually rewarding partnerships with clients that earn their respect and trust. The result of this association is pride in ownership and positive experiences in a field that is inherently challenging.

Although the Company is regarded as a specialist in the construction of high-end architecturally significant homes and builds mostly residential custom homes, its work also includes commercial properties. Whether you have an outdoor deck or a new home to build, Newhaven Builders, Inc. handles any size job.



Today, Newhaven Builders, Inc. has the rare advantage of serving two highly acclaimed architecturally rich areas; San Gabriel Valley and the Central Coast. With over 300 houses under our belt, many of them have been historically significant buildings including those designed by acclaimed architects as:

  • Charles and Henry Greene
  • Louis B. Easton
  • Arthur & Alfred S. Heineman
  • Sylvanus Marston
  • Reginald B. Johnson
  • Garret Van Pelt
  • Myron Hunt
  • Wallace Neff
  • George Washington Smith
  • Lloyd Wright
  • Harlan Pedersen
  • Georgie Kajer (website)
  • Susan Masterman

Building styles have included the following:

  • Queen Anne Victorian
  • Victorian Farmhouse
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Craftsman
  • Colonial Revival
  • Mission Revival
  • Greek Revival
  • Dutch Colonial Revival
  • Mediterranean/Italian Renaissance Revival
  • Spanish Colonial Revival
  • Prairie Style
  • English Tudor/Cotswald
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Mid-Century Post and Beam